New Delhi, Oct 24: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) celebrated its 46th raising day here today. Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who attended the celebrations as the chief guest, said: “We want to send the message to all our officers that the government promises help in creating centres for the new battalions." Patil also presented medals for gallantry and meritorious service to the personnel of ITBP.
The force has commended the initiatives of the government for its expansion and believes it will have a positive effect on the cadre.
“With the concurrence of the Indian Government, the force has been allocated 20 more battalions and has been granted the permission to open six sector headquarters, and two zonal headquarters," said V K Joshi, Director General, ITBP.
“This type of expansion will enable the officers to get deployed and promoted in civilian areas. This would have a positive effect on the officers' work efficiency and their health," Joshi added.
The raising day celebrations that began on October 17 will continue till October 25 and will feature programmes like blood donation camp and welfare exhibition.
Since its inception, ITBP has played a vital role in the defence of the Himalayan borders. The force is now manning 3,488 kilometres of Sino-Indian border.